Virat Kohli is arguably one of the most popular sportsperson in the country. From chasing mammoth totals with his majestic batting to deploying shrewd tactics on the field, the 29-year-old has undoubtedly become one of the most influential cricketers on the international circuit.
His ability to overcome pressure situations and bail his team out in dire circumstances has helped him earn accolades across the globe. The fact that he is currently ranked no. 1 in both ODIs and T20Is goes on to show how consistent this Delhi lad has been with the willow.
Often labelled as the run-machine for Team India, the presence of the batting sensation in the playing XI is often directly related to the chances of his team coming out on top. But, at the end of the day, despite all his ripped physique and astronomical fitness levels, Kohli is only human. But, he’s definitely not a quitter.
Ahead of the three-match Test series between India and Sri Lanka, some media reports claimed that the Indian captain might have requested to rest after the second game. There were also some who suggested that Kohli was opting out of the series to tie nuptial knot with his long-time girlfriend Anushka Sharma.
Thus, when he asked about the same during a pre-match press conference, Kohli didn’t just clear the air, but he did so in his typical style. “Definitely I do need rest, why don’t I need rest? When I think of the time my body should be rested, I’ll ask for it. I am not a robot you can slice my skin and check if I bleed,” Kohli told reporters on the eve of India’s first Test against Sri Lanka.
He further explained Team India’s rest policy in detail. “This is one thing which I don’t think people explain properly. There is a lot of talk from the outside in terms of workload – whether a player should be rested or should not be rested.
All cricketers play 40 games in a year. Three guys who should get rest, their workloads are to be managed. 11 players play the game but not everyone would have batted 45 overs in an ODI game or not everyone would have bowled 30 overs in a Test match,” Kohli assessed.
“But the ones who are doing it regularly need to be assessed because the body takes that much time to recover. People only look at ‘oh everyone has played 40 games’. They don’t look at time spent on the crease.
The number of runs that have been run between the wicket, the number of overs bowled in difficult conditions, what were the conditions, what were the temperatures like, have the bodies recovered or not — I don’t think people go into that analysis. So from the outside it looks like ‘why are people asking for rest, everyone has played same number of games’, he added.
“But not everyone has the same kind of workload in every game. Only those who have major workload, for example Pujara during a Test season he will have maximum workload because he spends so much time at the crease. His game is built that way. So you can’t compare that to a counter-attacking batsman, because the workload would have been lesser.
So I think all these things have to be taken into consideration. Purely because of the fact that we have built such a strong core team now of 20-25 players, you don’t want important players breaking down at important times for the team,” Kohli concluded.
On Day 1 of the first Test at the Eden Gardens, persistent rains kept play at bay for quite some time. However, the rain gods did show some mercy with almost 12 overs being bowled before the umpires called-off play due to bad light.
Unlike the rain gods, Sri Lanka and especially Suranga Lakmal showed no mercy to their Indian counterparts before putting them in a spot of bother at 17/3 by the end of first day’s play. The likes of KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and even Virat Kohli proved no match to the skills of speeding Lakmal who didn’t concede a single run in his spell of six overs.
Though the overcast conditions did play a part in India’s troubled start, it was the performance of Sri Lanka’s frontline seamers – Lakmal and PLS Gamage – that clearly delivered a wake-up call to high-on-confidence Kohli brigade.
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